Viperfish

Viperfish

Okay, yes. There are a lot of deep sea fish that look sorta like cousins to each other. Granted. They just look so nasty/cool that it seems worth listing some of the subtle differences and including them in the pantheon of living monsters. Besides, just because you...
Sarcastic fringehead

Sarcastic fringehead

Apparently, the sarcastic fringehead is quite aggressive and protective of its home. It can grow up to about 1 foot long. Do note, if you are visiting the San Francisco area, look out for this big mouth if you go swimming! The sarcastic fringehead, Neoclinus...
Goblin Shark

Goblin Shark

Here’s a lovely looking fellow, you wouldn’t likely want to see at the beach. The goblin shark (Mitsukurina owstoni) is a rare species of deep-sea shark. Sometimes called a “living fossil”, it is the only extant representative of the family...
Portuguese man o’ war

Portuguese man o’ war

The Portuguese man o’ war. Little else puts the fear of God into the sailors of old. I mean other than scurvy, of course. The Atlantic Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis), also known as the man-of-war, blue bottle, or floating terror, is a marine...
Lamprey

Lamprey

Vampire fish really live! Sounds like the start of yet another really good b-movie, no?! Read on: Currently there are about 38 known extant species of lampreys. Parasitic species are the best known, and feed by boring into the flesh of other fish to suck their...